The new developments in depth psychology have made it possible to approach the ralm of the unconscious from an inherently affirmative and constructive point of view. The new holistic sense of depths is not conceived in terms of the malfunctioning of personality, but rather in terms of what man’s nature requires him to become. Ira Progoff – Depth Psychology and Modern man

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players…” William Shakespeare

Use your imagination and come with me to a very private place, deep within yourself, where each of us lives but few of us reveal what it’s like to be there. It is our Theater of the Inside, which plays constantly, around the clock. You never know what is playing until you get there – tragedy, comedy, documentary, a morality play, or a romantic love story. It might even be your own production of Little Orphan Annie, or quate possibly the Old Woman in the Shoe.  Let’s go into your mind, which houses this theater. I’ll join you. As we step inside, we are handed the program for tonight. – Virginia Satir – Your Many Faces

But if we work with Active Imagination we soon confirm that we dialogue with genuine interior parts of our own selves. We confront the powerful personalities who live inside us at the unconscious level and who are so often in conflict with our conscious ideas and behavior. We actually enter into the dynamics of the unconscious: We travel into a region where the conscious mind had not known how to go. – Robert A. Johnson – Inner Work

…what we usually experience as our ordinary everyday state of awareness or consciousness is actually habitual patterns of state-dependent memories, associations, and behaviors. I have conceptualized ”creative moments” in dreams, artistic and scientific creativity, and everyday like as breaks in these habitual patterns. The new experience that occurs during creative moments is regarded as ”the basic unit of original thought and insight as well as peronality chance”.  Ernest Lawrence Rossi, The Psychobiology of Mind -Body Healing

”Everybody thinks,” (Freud) went on, ”that I satand by the scientific character of my work and that my principal scope lies in curing mental maladies. This is a terrible error that has prevailed for years and that I have been unable to set right. I am scientist by necessity, and not by vocation. I am really by nature and artist… And of this there lies an irrefutable proof: which is that in all countries into which psychoanalysis has penetrated it has been better understood and applied by writers and artists than doctors. My books, in fact, more resemble works of imagination than treatises on pathology…” G.Papani – A vist to Freud

In order for reflective journaling to bear fruit we have to be open and sincere with ourselves. We have to write as honestly as we can. If we are angry, it is advantageous to write about our anger and not ignore it. Any pleasant or unpleasant mind state can become fuel for the pen. If we are not sincere with our journaling, then with whom can we be sincere? Laura Wright – Quiet Mind Open Heart

”I prefer coffee, you prefer champangne. We have different tastes. There is no more to be said.” That is relativism… Vico’s view is not that: it is what I should describe as pluralism – that is, the conception that there are many different ends that men may seek and still be fully rational, fully men, capable of understanding each other and sympathising and deriving light from each other. Isaiah Berlin – The Idea of Pluralism

Human meaning, on the other hand, invariably contains not only the cognitive but at the same time the biological, the aesthetic, the social, the moral. Do not listen to those who mainain that words are atoms of which simple molecular structures must be made. Language is like a river, flowing through history; flowing through the lands of beauty and sublimity and embracing the grandeur of the stars; flowing through our murky, lower depths which influence and modify its meanings.  Henryk Skolimowski, The Theatre of the Mind

A necessary result and precondition is the exclusion of other potential contents of consciousness. The exclusion is bound to bring about a certain one-sidedness of the conscious contents. Since the differentiated consciousness of civilized man has been granted an effective instrument for the practical realization of its contents through the dynamics of his will, there is all the more danger, the more he trains his will, of his getting lost in one-sidedness and deviaiting further and further from the laws and roots of his being. – The psychology of Child Archetype – C.G. Jung

Without going too deeply into the rest of the book, it can be seen that the notion of the dialogical self is taking a new turn towards a global dimension. What we have here is and integrative view of the self which does much better justice to what is going on today. – John Rowan- Personification

The idea of there being two or more selves in a single body sounds crazy. Look carefully, though, and you will see that the evidence for human plurality is all around us and always has been. We glimpse it wherever people talk to ancestors, get divine wisdom from spirit guides, receive messages from personified gods, consult oracles, get ”taken over” by the sould of the dead or tune in to an ”inner helper.” It is on view when we act out a part, take on roles, live up to expectations and reinvent ourselves. More commonly, but less obviously, it shows in day-to-day shifts of feeling and behavior. When someone says ”I don’t know what got into me,” or ”I just wasn’t myself,” they are implicitly acknowledging the existence of a self other than the one who is speaking.  Multiplicity – Rita Carter

Most of us are slaves of the stories we unconsciously tell ourselves about our lives. Freedom begins the moment we become conscious of the plot line we are living and, with this insight, recognize that we can step into another story altogether. Our experience of life quite literally are defined by our assumptions. We make up stories about the world and to a great degree live out their plots. What our lives are like, then, depends on the scripts we consciously or, more likely, unconcsciously have adopted.  Carol S. Pearson, The Hero Within – Six Archetypes We Live by

We sense these other persons and call them ”roles” – mother, mistress, daughter, witch, crone, nurse, wife, child, nymph, innkeeper, slave, queen, whore, dancer, sibyl, muse. but can there be roles without persons to play them? To call them roles and games is itself a game by which Number One may deny the autonomy of these persons and keep them all under his control.  – James Hillman – Re-visioning psychology

We are all a rich mixture of archetypes, energies, and potentialities. Some of the possibilities within us are never lived out because they look ”bad” or inferior to us. Our egos tend to classify anything they don’t understand as ”bad”, and, naturally, we avoid looking at the things in us that make us uncomfortable. But if we can find our way around our egos’ prejudices, we are surprised to find that some of these unlived or repressed qualities turn out to be the finest strengths we have. Inner Work – Robert A. Johnson

There can be many simultaneuous subconscious personalities just as there can be many successive ones… The conscious life of one of these subjects, of Lucie, for example, seems to be composed of three parallel streams, on under the other. When the subject is awake, the three streams exist: the first is the normal consciousness of the subject who speaks to us; the two others are groups of sensations and acts more or less associated among themselves, but absolutely unknown by the person who speaks to us. – Pierre Janet – L’automatisme psychologique

”Thus a ”doubling” of consciousness results consisting of a personal self and the subconscious ideas. I prefer myself the term co-conscious to subconscious, partly to express the notion of co-activity of a second co-consciousness, partly to avoid the ambiguity of the conventional term due to its many meanings, and partly because such ideas are not necessarily subconscious at all; that is, there may be no lack of awareness of them. – Morton Prince – A symposium on the subconciouss –

… the mental phenomena, like physical ones, are natural phenomena; and thus that psychology could be subjected to the same empirical methods that had so revolutionized other branches of natural philosophy and transformed them into science. The attempt to transform psychology into a science, however, raised some unique probelms. The phenomena of psycology are unlike those of any of the physical sciences in that they are above all else, mental. At the hheoretical heart of psychology, therefore, are the questions, What are mental phenomena and what is their relation to physical phenomena. – Emily Williams Kelly, F.W.H. Myers and the Empirical Study of the Mind-Body Problem

The Power of the expert is very great and the way in which an expert sees you may easily became the way in which you se yourself. – Rachel Naomi Remen – Kitchen Table Wisdom

Political ideas emanating from Andean indigenous philosophy present a polar opposite to the idea of neo-liberalism, but they are also quite different from many of the ideas of the traditional Left. The focus of most of these indigenous movements is on pluralism and a multi-ethnic or multinational state. This idea, it is interesting to note is also reflected in global movements around the world in which not just a respect for differences, but a real celebration of them, is part of the movement. – Judy Rebick – Transforming Power – From the Personal to the Political

Our listening creates sanctuary for the homeless parts within the other person. That which has been denied, unloved, devalued by themselves and by others. That which is hidden. In this culture the soul and the heart too often go homeless. – Rachel Naomi Remen – Kitchen Table Wisdom

By enabling one to transform discontinuity and pain, proteanism ”allows the traumatized to speak, and to be heard.” It can give new voice and vitality to many who would otherwise be silent and deadended, and provide new byways to human connection. The protean path I describe, of individual people reaching toward global belonging, is a path of hope. One may experience that hope, and even a modest personal liberation, in consciously embracing that direction.The embrace is an act of imagination and, asa such, a profound beginning. – Robert Jay Lifton – Protean Self –

Among all my patients in the second half of life – that is to say over thirty-five – there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life. – Carl Jung



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